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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 28 reviews

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  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Capable router for the price

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    The D-Link AC2600 router appears to be a good router for the price. Out of the box, the first thing that caught my eye was the sleek profile (the overall footprint of the unit is only 10"x7", so it's not huge, but then again, it's not small), although once the antennas are connected, the profile is kind of shot. The second thing that caught my eye was the USB 3.0 port, which for some reason is on the front of the unit. I'm not sure why this port wasn't placed on the back along side the USB 2.0 port, but if you have anything connected to this front port, it doesn't leave you with a very clean look. The activity lights are located on the top of the unit, and although they are rather basic compared to some of the other routers I've seen, they tell you what you need to know. Overall, other than than that one USB port, the look of the unit is nice. I had the router set up in mere minutes and had several devices connected just as quickly. The user interface to the router is not the best I've seen, but it's definitely not the worst; all of the settings are laid out in a fairly intuitive manner so it's fairly easy to find what you're looking for even if you're not quite sure what it's called. The router of course operates on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, but by default, 'smart connect' is enabled which combines the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands into one channel; your devices simply connect to the only visible channel and are automatically placed into the proper band. On previous routers that combined both bands, I've occasionally experienced some trouble with devices that were connected to the 5GHz band having their transmission speed reduced dramatically due to signal strength. In those cases, the only way to resolve the problem was to split the 2 bands into two distinct visible channels and connect directly to the 5GHz. This did not happen with the D-Link router, probably because the signal strength is by far the strongest I've seen from almost any router I've used (the transmission power can be also adjusted via the user interface, which is a cool feature). Streaming video content to several devices at once was flawless. The overall bandwidth was of course reduced, but unless you're going to be streaming HD video to 4+ devices, I think this router should work just fine. I also tried some gaming while streaming to two other devices and saw no visible effects on the game, but I did use the interface to prioritize the gaming machine. Along with device prioritization, this router supports quite a few nice features including guest networks, website filtering, and even remote sharing via FTP, just to name a few. Overall, I think this router is quite capable, especially for the price. I think this router should be fine for anyone needing to stream to several devices. Anything above 4 simultaneous devices might be pushing it, but again, for the price, I think this is nice router.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast router, loads of features, buggy console

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    One of the most noticeable things about this router is its unusually long antennas. This helps to paint the corners of your house with stronger WiFi signal than many other routers can. That's a nice touch to start with! This AC2600 router, as with all newer (AC) routers, contain MU-MIMO. What does that mean? It’s Multi-User, Multiple Input & Multiple Output. OK – that means it can handle more simultaneous connections than your old router (which sends signals to only one person at a time). If you are still sitting with an “old-style” A, B, G or even N router – this is your upgrade reason! As I said – this router is packed with a lot of features, but I feel it was released just a little before it was ready. I say that because when using the web console, I experienced several bugs (console froze up, router didn’t detect other items on the network, parental controls page didn’t operate correctly, etc). Perhaps a new firmware update will fix many of these issues, but for now it was quite a frustrating experience. Even with that – this router did give great performance numbers! Coverage was great in all corners of my 2 story 3500 sq ft home and multiple device streaming did not have any issues what-so-ever. The dual core technology really helps – with one core focusing on routing and switching and the on all the other features like AC Smart Beam, DNLA, Parental controls, etc. Another interesting feature is TriplePlay - which allows you to create a separate network for devices you don't want talking to your each other. Most won't use that, but for advanced users this VLAN segmentation option may be attractive. This is a recommended device for those stuck in the dark ages with only an A, B, G, or N technology router. Power users may want to opt for more advanced or wireless mesh devices.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Simple and quick

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    Doesn’t require an app, like many recent routers, yet it has one (QRS app) only for router setup. Once plugged up, it was 4 clicks and up and running, I didn’t even have to attach any antennas. However, there was a firmware update which required me to go through the setup process again, which froze and required multiple reboots for it to finally complete. Once I made it past that point everything was up and running without issue. Of all the router menu systems I have seen I like how theirs is displayed. Most features were easily configured, a few required going to a menu within a menu, but those weren’t something typically used. There is easy guest setup, VPN options and DLNA file share capability with USB 3.0 on the front and 2.0 on the back. There are also built in parental controls so that you can set times or only permit or block specific sites. The Smart Connect feature allowed for both the 2.4 Ghz and 5GHz band to show as one SSID, however, you can change this to be two separate bands if you like, both methods worked fine. Overall, simple and effective, gets you up in running in minutes while providing plenty of coverage and bandwidth for the modern home.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Pretty nice router

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    The d-link router is a good unit. It does what the box says it will. It has a basic OoS (although the box says advanced) which seemed to have no issues with my setup. I have 4 Rokus in my home as well as a Mac Mini, a PC desktop and laptop, a Google Pixel, 2 Nooks and 2 tablets. Oh and a Wii, PS3, a smart tv, a smart Samsung Bluray player and a WDTV Live connected to my network at any given time. I didn't have any issues streaming to the Rokus and I list them as most important. That's really all a user can ask of a router, they either work in the background and you ignore them, or they are a thorn in your side, forever having issues. This unit is the former...so far and it just works when I need it to. I do however have a Linksys EA9500 (AC5400) and a Linksys extender in the living room and I'll continue to use that setup for now. This d-link unit will either be used as a spare or I may set it up as a bridge should I need one once I finish the back yard.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Slim Fit, Standard

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    This router is a standard, no bells and whistles router. If you need a wifi router, this is a decent choice as the price is not over-bearing either. The one feature I enjoy the most is the slim design. I am able to hide this vertically in small places. The antennas also fold down to make the unit even slimmer. If there was any Cons about this unit, I would have to say that it lacking a lot of "nice to have" features. More lan ports, USB plugs and a sturdier power button would be nice to have, but then again, this is a pretty basic unit to begin with. Although this is a beginner router i cannot complain much as I have not received any performance issues thus far..

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great and fast router!

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    This router has great performance and the setup process is very easy, at the beginning it took a while to detect my internet modem, but after a reboot it did finally. The menus are easy to use and understand. At first sometimes the menu froze and didn't know if a setting stuck, but after updating the firmware this was fixed. Make sure you update the firmware right away, there is one now! I like that you can easily prioritize devices by just dragging their boxes into what priority level you want. I didn't see an option to limit certain speeds however. Its a very basic type of QoS. I hope future firmware updates can gives us more control, but as a basic/simple router, if that's what your looking for, your good. Coverage on my 2 bedroom home is great, no dead spots at all.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Mixed Bag…Room for Improvement

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    UNBOXING, AND INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: Nothing special about the packaging…not a “bad” thing, as a router is a router. Back of the box contains the usual manufacturer’s jargon, promoting features/functions D-Link wants buyers to know about – dual-core CPU, AC SmartBeam, 160MHz support, Connected Home, etc. Some have actual meaning, others are typical marketing. One packaging detail I liked was the extra layer of protection. Most manufacturers place routers inside a bag OR they cover them with a plastic “static cling” cover….for the DIR-882, D-Link did BOTH. SETUP: Initial setup is very simple. As this was the first time the router was being configured, I was greeted with a “Welcome” pop-up, which walked me through the simple 3-step process. D-Link’s browser-based UI is very simple, yet informative. Unfortunately, it is also unstable…I had to log back in multiple times. While initial setup is simple, utilizing some of the advanced features/functions can prove frustrating in some regards, and impossible in others. One example of these problems is the QoS (Quality of Service) Engine, which prioritizes at the device level. The process is quick & simple, but it ONLY prioritizes per-device level, NOT per app. If you have a high-end, game-only computer you want at the “Highest” level, a server & PS4 at the “High” level, and all other devices at the “Medium” level, this is great. However, if you have…say…two high-end computers, both used for a variety of things (including gaming), a PS4 & Xbox One, & a 4K UHDTV, “gaming priority” (as can be done on other gaming-focused routers) is not possible. This could be considered contradictory to D-Link’s claim, as indicated on the box. Another problem is blocking access (found on the Management page). You can assess this function, but it never saves. I attempted to create a block (no kids, so was attempting to temporarily “block” my wife’s laptop), but when I attempted to save, I found myself bounced back in the menu. On the plus side, there’s a website filter (allowing you to block URLs), as well as a built-in VPN (Quick VPN) function. Additionally, D-Link offers the QRS Mobile app. With my Asus router, I have a mobile app, which allows access to the router’s configuration information…but it does NOT allow me to configure/maintain the router. D-Link’s QRS Mobile app allows configuration ability. The latest wave of “whole home Wi-Fi systems” are completely configured/maintained via mobile apps. It’s extremely nice to see a manufacturer allowing web-based AND mobile app. SIGNAL STRENGTH TESTS: Short & sweet, the 5GHz band has P-O-W-E-R. The 5GHz band on the D-Link router is much stronger than my Asus router. Of course, the Asus router has only three antennas, whereas the D-Link has four. Moving to the 2.4GHz band, there was sadness, as the 2.4GHz signal strength was no better than my Asus router. DATA TRANSFER TESTS: This is where things get “interesting”. Tests were done from two specific points. The first tests were done in the living room, where the router is located, from the opposite corner. That is where my desktop, as well as my wife’s laptop, are located. The second round of tests were done from the master bedroom, where we occasionally use our Android tablets, and where I occasionally use my Microsoft Surface. Both locations proved to be considerably faster than my Asus router on the 5GHz band. When I say “considerably faster”, I’m talking approximately 20% faster in the living room, and approximately 15% faster in the master bedroom. Not only that, but, in comparing the data speeds against each other (living room vs bedroom), they were virtually identical. Put another way, D-Link’s beamforming technology is extremely successful, as data transfer speeds remained fairly consistent throughout the entire house (this I tested by running fasTest Deep from my Samsung Galaxy Note 8, taking readings at numerous points throughout the house). As we say in science, “every action has an equal, and opposite, reaction”…and this holds true where the 2.4GHz band is concerned. Just as the 5GHz band was 15-20% faster than my Asus RT-AC68P, the opposite holds true on the 2.4GHz band, as the D-Link DIR-882 was approximately 15% slower. While more & more newer devices have 5GHz connectability, there are still plenty of devices (such as my Logitech Harmony Hub) that can only connect via 2.4GHz. For these devices, this router would actually make the connection worse, and data transmitted between those devices & the DIR-882 would be slower. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I didn’t like the SmartConnect function, as it combines the 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands together. This is a standard practice on most “whole home Wi-Fi systems”, but on standard/traditional routers…especially one with fairly common advanced features/functions…this is not appreciated. While basic users might appreciate SmartConnect, this could be a problem for more advanced users. THE GOOD: Ease of setting up Ease of basic configuring Beam forming MU-MIMO Great 5GHz performance Outstanding 5GHz coverage area THE BAD: Quality of Service is extremely basic Bad 2.4GHz performance Mediocre 2.4GHz coverage area THE UGLY: User interface crashes Scheduling function won’t save FINAL THOUGHTS: FINAL VERDICT: If you only use devices connecting wirelessly via 5GHz, then this is an excellent choice. It’s equivalent to a few other high-end routers, but costing close to half the price. The ability to configure, as well as maintain, the router by browser interface AND/OR mobile app is fantastic (other devices, by D-Link & other manufacturers) “limit” you to one, or the other (maybe, in the near future, this is something all manufacturers will incorporate into all their routers). Unfortunately, the current UI is somewhat unstable. Additionally, for those with children, and wanting to limit/block their ability to access during certain time periods, the “brokenness” of the scheduling function is another serious problem. Hopefully these, and other, problems are something D-Link will fix in an upcoming firmware update (the v1.01B02 firmware, released 9/5/17, did not address them). Lastly…and unfortunately…as great as the DIR-882’s 5GHz performance is, its 2.4GHz performance leaves much to be desired. A newer, higher-end router should excel in both bands. The fact that performance is greatly improved in one band, but worsened in the other, says there are problems, be it with the firmware, hardware, or both. So, would I recommend the D-Link EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO router? That depends. If you have any considerable number of devices connecting only via 2.4GHz, then my answer is, most definitely, “NO”. when a 3-year old router, using an older Wi-Fi chipset outperforms a newer-higher-end router, one needs to wonder ‘why’. Additionally, the UI & scheduling problems add to my inability to recommend it. However, if your devices are almost all connecting via the 5GHz band, then, looking at things from a “best bang for the buck” perspective, the answer is “YES”. To get this kind of performance from other 5GHz routers, you’re going to pay close to twice the price. I realize there’s still the UI & scheduling problems, but, as I’ve already mentioned, I’m (fairly) certain D-Link will fix them in an upcoming firmware release. Considering their first firmware update was released before the router hit store shelves, I’m confident that, within the next 1-3 firmware updates, these problems should be completely resolved. In closing, I’d prefer the ability to issue half-star ratings, as I’d give the D-Link DIR-883 3.5 stars…but, since half-stars aren’t allowed, that is why the 4-star rating was given. There are many things to really like about this router, but there are, at least at this point in time, to many problems. For the typical “basic” user, the DIR-882 will give them several advanced features/functions not found in entry-level routers, and they are provided these features/functions in a simple-to-use interface. As great as that is, the UI crashing on a somewhat consistent basis is going to irritate some people. Likewise, the outstanding 5GHz performance is somewhat negated by the mediocre 2.4GHz performance. Then there’s the scheduling “problem”, which won’t matter to those without such a need…but, for those who have this need, the (current) inability to use the feature is not going to be appreciated. Personally, I intend to continue using my Asus router…but the D-Link DIR-882 will be its “first string” backup. Disclaimer: This product was provided free, or at reduced cost, for the purpose of reviewing the product. Nevertheless, the above review, be it positive, negative, or somewhere in-between, is a 100% honest review, and the price paid played absolutely no part in my review.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Disappointing Entry from D-Link

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    So... I'm not a fan. I initially picked this router up to work as an access point for a Verizon Fios set up. I tested and compared this router against an Asus RT-AC68U router. The D-Link AC2600 has great range. It effectively covered the entire apartment. It looks cool out of the box. But the software for the router was extremely limited and only set up option out of the box is for a standard cable modem router set up. Compare this with the Asus AC68-U I am used to. The Asus router has clear settings for access point or extender mode. The D-link router can act as an access point, but you have to manually go into the router and turn off DHCP, UPnP, and make sure the router isn't doing anything with its built in QOS system. Even then, the router performed noticeably slower in speedtests than both the older Asus router and the standard router that came from Verizon. I tried different settings thinking perhaps the router was just getting interference. But nothing helped the performance. Again, the router works, but it just doesn't perform well. Wireless devices struggled to meet the speeds and latency I expected when compared to the older Asus and stock Verizon solution. So if you are using FIOS or UVERSE, I wouldn't bother with this router. For the price, there are simply better options. But I can't recommend it as a router for cable service either. The smart connect feature is supposed to balance out the bandwidth load, but it wanted to put my faster devices onto the slower 2.4ghz band. The cable for the AC brick adapter is too short. It is less than 4 feet in length The software seemed very basic and the documentation that came with the router was very limited. It comes with a cat cable and a ten page quick start guide, and that is it. As someone who used a D-Link DIR-625 as my router of choice as both a router and an access point for 5 years, this new router from D-Link is just disappointing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Quick & easy setup for multi-streaming households

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    The D-Link AC2600 router is a no brainer when it comes to upgrading and future proofing a wireless home network. It is simple and intuitive to setup (but also comes with great instructions for the not-so-tech-savvy). The box includes the router, AC (power) adapter, a sleek flat-ribbon Ethernet cable, and instruction manual. Following the simple steps in the instructions will have you replacing your old router in 5 minutes or less. Once you’re set up, you can customize the router settings (i.e. network ID and password) through a browser on a connected device, or through the recommended QRS Mobile App. I did find the App to be the better option, as I was initially having trouble getting the router to accept the default credentials included out of the box via the connected device. The app allowed me to customize the router settings with no problems, and it even includes a feature that will notify you when a new firmware update is available. Overall performance through heavy data usage on multiple devices was outstanding. I was able to stream Hulu 4K content on my Smart TV, Netflix on my smartphone, and DirecTV Now on my tablet simultaneously, while casually browsing on two other connected laptops with zero buffering, broken frames, or picture quality issues. Additionally, I conducted speed tests with one connected device, and then again with two connected devices simultaneously. Interestingly, internet speeds during the simultaneous tests were about half that of the speeds when only one device was connected. So the more devices you connect, the slower your speeds will be. This is due to the MIMO technology, which allows the bandwidth to be shared concurrently—as evidenced by the fact that all simultaneous streaming was not affected by the degradation in speed. (Most data intensive tasks like steaming HD content require as little as 2 Mbps speeds—it’s the constant handing off between devices and the router that cause issues like frozen frames and buffering, which MIMO prevents). My ONLY gripe about this specific model is the size. The flat and thin body makes it sleek, but the 4 antennas at each corner of the box itself makes it hard to find a place to accommodate the awkward shape easily. On the positive side, the customizable direction of the “beam” antennas can increase range when positioned appropriately. I saw an improvement of overall WiFi coverage by several “rooms” away in my case. Corners of rooms that were not covered by my older router were indicating full signal strength with this model. All in all I would highly recommend investing in this piece of equipment to upgrade your home network. It’s an easy and quick fix that will future proof your home for the increasingly connected world that we live in.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast Router for Wireless Games or Media Streaming!

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    Setup: Setup was easy. A small card with default wifi and password was provided for wireless setup. Once you're connected the easy setup guide walks you through getting your wifi name and password set up using the web browser configuration page. Features: The router is fast. Nearly gigabit speeds. As of writing this review i'm getting 866 Mbps connection speeds over wireless. I have 4 devices capable of supporting MU-MIMO. These devices don't have any problems zooming through browsing, streaming, updating. Other devices work just as good as they did on my previous Wireless AC router. I also have a 4TB WD USB backup drive attached to the router. I was able to get windows backup to work with the drive so I no longer have to attach and remove it from my laptop. This will hopefully save on wear on my USB ports. Backup speeds aren't quite as fast as USB 3.1 but the convenience of doing it over WiFi outweighs having to tote around the drive. WPS setup was a breeze with the devices I have that are capable of setting up that way with zero issues. Smart connect feature will automatically select which band to connect your device to without displaying multiple SSIDs which could be confusing for some, although this setting is adjustable if you prefer 5 ghz band only. Cons: The user interface isn't quite as robust or visual as other manufacturers. It took a little bit to get used to how the menus were structured and where all the settings you're familiar with are located. For whatever reason the USB 3 port on the back didn't work with the HDD, the front one worked fine so I left it alone. The WPS button was located on the back so having to pick it up and look for it can be inconvenient if you have lots of wired connections. I switched from a popular name brand router to this and couldn't be happier.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    D-Link AC2600

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    So I've been testing out this amazing router the D-Link AC2600 for the last couple of days and its a really good router. Initial setup was very easy and took me only a matter of 5 minutes or so and I was up and running. I love the fact that there was an included card which listed the standard network name and wifi password for easy access instead of printed on the bottom of numerous routers I've used in the pass. Upon setup as I went through the process, there was a quick firmware upgrade to version 1.01. That process was seamless. After going through the quick and easy setup process I connect all of my mobile devices and walked around my house (both upstairs and downstairs) and was thoroughly impressed with the coverage all of my devices had. I was able to connect in various areas that had little to no coverage before. Streaming my 4K content there were no hiccups or blurring of from my video and gaming devices. All in all I will say this is a pretty amazing router. My only gripe (and this may be user-error) was that I was unable to find how to block specific MAC addresses from unwanted devices connecting to my network. I may be overlooking something, however, I will continue to research and see if I'm missing something.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Replacement for Apple Airport

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    For years I used Linksys routers but after a few failed, I decided to switch to an Apple Airport. I've been happy with it for many years until I bought the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and I had trouble connecting it to the Airport because, as the Ring tech said, "it was too far from the Airport". It was only 8 feet away! I moved it to about 3 feet away and it gave me a slightly better signal, but still not great. I decided it was time to get a new router. Since Apple is no longer making Airports, I started to read about other routers and the D-Link Exo AC2600 MU-MIMO WiFi Router sounded good so I decided to give it a try. I put it over where the Apple Airport was originally and connected it to the Ring Doorbell and got a vastly stronger signal. In addition, when streaming 1080p videos from my Mac to my Apple TV, I used to get buffering problems every so often. Not so with the D-Link Exo. I'm getting a strong consistent signal with no buffering. Also when connecting to my iPhone from the furthest corners of my house, I now get full bars. I'm glad I switched. My only issue with the D-Link Exo is it's size. It's has a lot larger footprint than the Airport so I had to shift things around to make room for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Good router, easy set up.

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    My NetGear router had recently stopped working, and needed a new one. I had had D-Link routers in the past, and had no problems with them, so I went to the Best Buy website, and decided to order this one. I ordered it for store pick, but had to wait a couple days as it wasn't in stock at the time of ordering. Set up was pretty easy, and I have no problem using my laptop, tablets, cell phone and printer with it. It has two USB ports, one in front and one in back, I plugged in my 4TB back-up drive into it. I had to go online to figure out how to access it using my laptop, but once I found the steps, using it was fairly simple. However, if the laptop is in sleep mode or shut down, then I get an error message when I try to access the back-up drive, and have to re-boot the router to access the back-up drive again. However, I had this issue with the previous NetGear router as well, so it may be an issue with the laptop.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great hardware limited by flawed firmware

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    (Disclaimer - I was given this product in exchange for my fair and unbiased opinion.) TL;DR - the D-Link DIR-882 EXO AC2600 router has great potential to be an extremely high-performance router. With support for 802.11AC’s 160MHz wide channels in it’s hardware, gigabit connectivity, VPN functionality, and easy-to-use setup pages, the ideas are all there. However, there are flaws in this device that are clearly rooted in its firmware that need to be addressed for this to be something I’d recommend as a first-tier router or for households with multiple devices that constantly hit the internet. Initial setup: Unboxing and plugging the router in is easy enough. You orient its 4 antennas to the vertical position, make sure the power is on, connect your network cables and power cord, plug in a hard drive or two if you need to, and go. Once all of its lights turn green, you’ll log into its setup page - dlinkrouter.local - and the device will walk you through the basics. For those that like to tinker, you’ll want to use the desktop setup pages instead of the mobile setup pages. You’ll be able to easily adjust settings to personalize how you want your network to work, from the IP range used, to separate names for your 2.4 and 5 GHz connections, to guest WiFi networking, to who can access your USB-attached storage (and how they can use it), to VPN, QoS, and Firewall settings, to parental controls that include connection scheduling (the ability to turn WiFi on and off, more or less) and website filtering, to all the fun administrative tasks that you need to do to keep your router up to date. You’ll become familiar with these setup pages, however; D-Link doesn’t currently offer automatic firmware updates on their routers, so you’ll have to manually check for new firmware on a regular basis. Also, after you’re done with the initial setup, you’ll want to go into the desktop setup pages and enable the firewall, which comes disabled by default. You’ll find its configuration page under the Features menu in the router setup pages, and hit the switches for “Enable SPI IPv4”, “Enable Anti-spoof checking”, “IPv6 Simple Security”, and “IPv6 Ingress Filtering”. The switch for DMZ can be left disabled, as you won’t typically need that feature. The good news, at least, is the router setup pages are very easy to use. QoS and the parental control scheduling features are both point and click interfaces. Every feature is clearly labeled. One major bug, however, is with the IPv6 implementation. While I can get IPv6 to work with a straight connection to my Mac and Windows machines, with my go-to router, and with other routers I have in my home (someone has to review test units, right?), I couldn’t get IPv6 to work with the D-Link at all, no matter what mode I used for auto-configuration. Performance: I tested connectivity with Comcast’s 250/25 residential internet, which typically runs at 300/30 for me. I found the performance of this router not completely living up to its hardware’s potential. While internal connectivity worked well, I had some issues with my internet connection as more devices taxed the connection. With 3 computers going at one time, I experienced very little slowdown with the overall connectivity (the total connection speed would stay between 230 and 300 mbit/second). On the internal network side of things, Computer to computer connections over WiFi were great (two Windows 10 computers with AC867 wireless cards); I’d get file transfer rates between the two computers of over 500 mbit/second sustained. A USB3-connected external Samsung SSD would maintain data rates of 930 mbit/second to my Mac using a wired connection. However, where the problems began for me were with multiple devices using the internet connection; with all three computers (wired at this point) running speed tests on nPerf in a loop with my iPad (2017) streaming from YouTube, iPhones (6s, 6s+, and SE) streaming from Netflix, my Android phone (Moto Z Play XT1635) streaming from Amazon, and my Apple TV (3rd get, wired) streaming a 1080p movie from iTunes, I noticed the router could only muster around 140 mbit/second from the internet. (WiFi devices were manually load-balanced between the DIR-882 and a Linksys EA7500 - an AC1900 router that supports 80MHz channels in a 3x3 configuration - that I typically use as an access point.) As an access point, however, this router is a completely different beast. I did disable the DHCP server and a few other things, ran a network cable from my Apple AirPort Time Capsule to the DIR-822, and found the wireless performance with multiple wireless devices hitting it all at once pretty great overall. Another problem I found was with a feature mentioned on the box that wasn’t enabled yet - 160MHz wide channels. There is even a disclaimer on the box mentioning that 160MHz channels require a firmware update; as of the current firmware (released September 5th 2017), this capability isn’t available. I went ahead and did a bandwidth saturation test anyway, using the DIR-882 as an access point a high-end and a AC3200-capable “hackable” router in wireless bridge mode (which supports 160MHz channels in a 3x3 configuration). The routers connected to each other at 1.3Gbit/second, and I was able to sustain file transfer rates of around 880Mbit/second, or 110 megabytes/second. One of the features included in this firmware that typically creates a performance hit for routers is the VPN connectivity. It both connects to a remote server as a client and can be an endpoint server for devices away from home or your office.I saw no local connection slowdown while I had my iPhone connected over its LTE connection to the router. Now keep in mind that your remote devices will be limited to the amount of available bandwidth you have; typically not a problem with fiber connections, but it is a problem with DSL and cable internet if you do plan on using this router in an office setting. The guest network capability also typically slows down routers, but the MiMo capabilities of the DIR-882 help to counter that slowdown where it won't typically be noticeable with phones and tablets. Closing: I’m going to be honest - I’m not wowed by this router. On paper, it has a lot going for it. The firmware is what hurts it. While it is easy to use, it does feel somewhat buggy and lacks a few features that others have, like automatic firmware updating and a firewall enabled by default. IPv6 has been a headache for me with this router. Performance slows down as I through more devices at it. However, it comes with features you typically have to pay far more for through other brands (or have to install 3rd party firmware that could potentially ruin your router), the potential is there for a very high performance router at a decent price. I can't fully recommend this router if you want an absolutely flawless experience where everything just works, but I can recommend it to those who want to work through the problems.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Fast enough in our house

    Posted .

    The AC2600 Router does a good job in our house where we have about 15 devices connecting at varying times. From iPhones, iPads, and laptops to video game systems as well as streaming devices (Apple TV, PS4), this router has not seemed to drop connections nor slow down while trying to figure out how to prioritize or route to what device. I am using this in place of an Apple Extreme 2GB router that I have been mostly happy with but wanted to compare speeds and see if I could get more from my U-Verse internet connection. The big difference with this seems to be the distance and speed of connectivity. My son and I play video games or stream movies in the basement which is two floors away from where the router is and it is noticeably slower on the Apple Extreme versus this D-Link Router in its place. Perhaps it is the four antennas on the D-Link that allow for a better throughput from longer distance or that it is in general newer technology inside, either way, I am most likely going to keep this one as my primary going forward.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Performance was not as expected

    Posted .

    This D-Link was acquired to solve a signal strength problem in parts of my residence. The unboxing and installation were quick and easy. The provided instructions were clear to understand. Joining my devices to the new router was also very straightforward. The performance, however, was lacking. I saw no improvement in signal strength. I spend a lot of time on the internet for a home based business. Others in my household spend time gaming or streaming movies and other video. They saw no improvement in quality or the speed at which they were able to download content. With the exception of my original expectations, the router performed well for everything else and it would not stop me from recommending it to a friend depending on their needs. Although I would purchase this router as a normal accessory in my household, I would return it if I was only looking for better signal strength.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great replacement for old routers

    Posted .

    A MIMO router from D-Link. This is a good router with easy setup and sleek design. It has a great range and can cover the corners of apartment where it is hard to get good signal. The router is easily customizable and doesn't have to be a tech savvy to change the settings. You can do it via the mobile app (QRS) or via the browser. I like this because all the new routers are moving toward the app setup which doesn't let you change every setting like you can on the browser. I was able to stream multiple devices with no buffering or any lags. You can also prioritize devices easily in the menu. This router comes with easy VPN setup, DLNA and parental controls. There is an additional feature where you can setup VLAN so that you have your own private network apart from your regular network. Because it uses MIMO, the overall bandwidth will be reduced when you connect more devices and the bandwidth is shared equally between devices. But this doesn't degrade the overall performance. This is a solid device and definitely recommend for anyone looking to replace an old router without breaking the bank.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Finally I can stream and upload with no lag

    Posted .

    Unboxing and first setup: Unboxing is easy and straight forward. Setting this router up is easy as pie, plug in the power and ethernet and use the provided card to login and your set. I had to turn off my modem and router since the router once connected and set up couldn't find any internet. But once I turned it back on it was working 100%. So far the router is working great and I have a strong signal all around my 2 floor house, I also get good signal in the backyard and front of the house. I used to have a lot of dead spots with my old router but that was a thing of the past thanx to this new D link router. The interface of the website is easy to use and straight forward it's also easy to update this router since it downloads its own update. So far I have about 12 devices connected to this router with no problem. Pros: Easy to setup Simple interface Great coverage USB 3.0 Cons: Too much plastic

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    A Dynamo 4K Router!

    Posted .

    The D-Link - AC2600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router is small in size, but powerful in signal strength and distance. My apartment is in a pre-war building with thick cement walls that have always impeded the strength and distance of any router that I used. The D-Link - AC2600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router only lost one Wi-Fi bar on my devices, when I went the furthest distance in my apartment from it. The 4k streaming and gaming capabilities are valid and top of the line, when compared to other routers. Configuring the router was simply done, by using Google browser to type in the address in the quick start guide. Once inside the settings, adjustments can be made to your specific Wi-Fi needs. Within 15 minutes, the D-Link - AC2600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router was up and running and working very well. There is no disappointment from using this dynamo router.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    Great Router

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

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    I've had this for over a year. This thing works great. I have 2 gamer kids playing at the same time and I'm usually watching a movie on my 4K FireStick while my wife is on here Tablet watching a movie. This router handles the load. I do have a fast internet modem service to my house, but this router handles the distribution very well.

    Features

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    I would recommend this to a friend
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